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homeward bound. the u.s. journalist held hostage is freed unexpectedly by an al qaeda affiliate in syria. and getting closer. british authorities zero in on the killer of u.s. journalist james foley. remembering richard attenborough, the oscar winning director and actor dies at the age of 90. >> taser, taser. and split second decision.
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why many u.s. police officers prefer guns to tasers. hey there, everyone, thanks for staying with us, i'm errol barnett at soon then center. >> and i'm natalie allen, thank you for joining us in the u.s. and around the world. we want to begin with this story. a 45-year-old american held hostage for nearly two years is now free. >> journalist peter theo curtis expected soon to be reunited with his family. he was take on the tel aviv following his release sunday by a syrian group linked to al qaeda. the u.s. rejects paying ransoms for hostages, but it's not known whether anyone else paid curtis' kidnappers. >> his freedom comes days after another captured american journalist, james foley, was executed by the militant group isis. nick paton walsh has more. >> reporter: after a week of horror, some good news. finally an american citizen, a freelance author and journalist, a man called peter theo curtis,
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released sunday from an extremist group in the syrian rebel ranks known as jabhat al nusra. released after negotiation from the americans and the qutari government. it's not quite clear the technical nature of how the release occurred. he was handed over in the golan heights, an od place to be given over we also know a bit about his captivity because one of the americans he was a cellmate with, i spoke to him in august of last year and he gave me some details, quite exactly the torture they endured together and, too, how they tried to escape together, theo lifting matt up to a window in their cell, matt able to crawl out, trying to pull theo through,
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failing to do so and having to make the terrible call to actually leave peter theo curtis behind in that cell. the man who escaped in august relieved today, in tears when i spoke to him saying it was the happiest day of his life now that he knew mr. curtis is free. mr. curtis in israel being handed over to u.s. officials and a good piece of news after a week of horror in which an american journalist was executed by isis. now though one american citizen free after nearly two years held by extremists in syria. nick paton walsh, cnn, london. >> quite fortunate. >> absolutely. especially considering what we've seen this week. theo curtis' mother is overjoyed, of course, and expressing her thanks. >> nancy curtis says "my heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people, too many to name individually, who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped me over these many months. please know we will be eternally
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grateful." >> and nancy curtis continues "we are so relieved theo is safe and headed home after his ordeal but we're also deeply saddened by the terrible unjustified killing last week of his fellow journalist jim foley at the hands of the islamic state in iraq and syria, isis." an a memorial mass for james foley was held on sunday. it was held in foley's hometown of rochester, new hampshire. the 40-year-old american journalist was captured in northwest syria near the turkish border in november, 2012, and never heard from alive again. >> there is some encouraging word right now about the foley murder investigation. >> you'll recall isis released horrifying video last week of the american's decapitation. authorities say the macsked
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militant seen in the video spoke with a british accent and britain's ambassador to the u.s. says his country not far away from identifying that man. >> i see in the british media this morning speculating we are very close to identifying who this guy is and you may see that my foreign secretary, phillip hammond, said yesterday we're putting out a great deal of resource into identifying this person. i think we're not far away from that. we're putting a lot into it and there's very sophisticated technologies, voice identification and so on, which people can use to check who these people are. now to ukraine where both the country's government and pro-russian rebels are hardening their positions in the fight that's already cost more than 2,000 lives in the east. >> president petro poroshenko is vowing to spend more than $3 billion to shore up ukraine's underfunded military and as we see on ukraine's independence
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day, rebels used a page from moscow's play book. >> reporter: a grotesque parade on the streets of donetsk. prisoners capture bid ukraine's pro-russian rebels made to walk through the streets, hands tied, heads bowed as the crowds syria and scream. an exercise in humiliation where the onlookers are all too happy to play their part. they scream "beasts, get on your knees" and "fascists" as the men tread past, a sign of the hatred that's taken route between one ukrainian and another in the country's east. the rebels have promised they deed this to echo the way russia paraded german prisoners of war through moscow in world war ii and, like they did then, donetsk's new masters sprayed the streets clean behind them. an ugly contrast to the celebrations in kiev where ukraine's president seemed set on his military course.
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not the words of a man looking to compromise when he meets russia's president next week. >> translator: we have proven that we can defend our country and it is clear that in the foreseeable future, unfortunately, a constant military threat will hang over ukraine. we need to learn not only to live with this but also to always be prepared to defend the independence of our country. >> reporter: but the conflict claims more lives each day. here the victims, the bloodied survivors of shelling in donetsk on saturday. it's unclear who's firing and from where, but shells and mortars are clearly demolishing people's homes, though kiev denies it fires into civilian areas, the civilian death toll cannot simply be the fault of its opponents, they are they are responsible for their share. the conflict has moved on from this area, leaving destruction in its wake, but there are pockets in the east which are still deeply divided and if peace is struck, this will be easy to repair, but the
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divisions between people will be far harder to mend. cnn, slovyansk, ukraine. safety officials in california's wine country plan to resume their inspections of earthquake damaged buildings later today. a magnitude 6 quake jolt it had area early sunday morning injuring more than 100 people, severing water mains and cutting electricity. right now more than 5,000 people are still without power. sunday's quake the strongest to hit the region since 1989. >> and lots of damage, bottles of wine as well. so far local authorities declared at least 33 damaged homes unsafe to enter. cnn's ken law looks at some of the worst-hit buildings. >> reporter: this is just one corner, one of the worst corners that we could find. you see all these bricks on the sidewalk over here. this is an area normally filled with people having coffee, having dinner this time of the day. that -- those bricks came from up above. if you look up, that entire
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section has simply been knocked out by the earthquake. this entire building has been what's known here in california as being red tagged, meaning that it is too dangerous to enter the city. still trying to assess the damage throughout this area and the larger area throughout napa, it's 80,000 residents. there have been a number of places where there's been a bit more damage. some of the residential areas. there were four mobile homes that were lost in a fire when a gas line ruptured. but generally the damage has been relatively spotty and no one was killed. there were 100 people who were treated at some of the hospitals. they were all minor injuries except for three who were more critical. cnn, napa, california. and in other earthquake news, a magnitude 7 quake struck southern peru. u.s. scientists say it was centered less than 500 kilometers southeast of lima as
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n a region known for copper and gold mines. there were no injuries or damage there, the quake occurred deep underground, some 59 kilometers, in fact, that might have limited the quake's impact on the surface, fortunately. >> thus concludes our earthquake news, thankfully. >> that's your full earthquake coverage for the day. for the past few weeks, u.s., iraqi and kurdish forces have been coordinating their attacks on isis. >> so are the militant fighters finally starting to feel the pressure? kurdish leaders in northern iraq say yes. we're going to learn more coming up. also, looking back at the cinematic life of sir richard t attenborou attenborough. and caught on camera in china, what just happened? we'll explain. if boy is lucky. stay with us. my goodness. >> he's all right. ally bank 24, but there are no branches? 24/7 it's just i'm a little reluctant to try new things. what's wrong with trying new things? feel that in your muscles? yeah... i do...
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in iraq, security forces have reportedly repulsed an isis assault on the country's largest oil refinery, media reports say isis militants attacked the baiji refinery saturday from three sides. it's about 230 kilometers north of baghdad near tikrit. the baiji refinery processes about 30% of iraq's oil. the fighting reportedly continued into sunday but iraqi troops aided by air power say they were able to beat the militants back. and kurdish leaders in northern iraq say u.s. air strikes and kurdish ground forces are now driving isis back, they say, on to its heels. >> and they also say this is no time to let up. we have this coverage from erbil. >> reporter: with lightning-quick advances across much of iraq, the marauding blood thirsty militants with their black insignia appeared to be an undefeatable force on a
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mission to terrorize the country. but when isis suddenly turned its attention towards kurdistan, northern iraq, it underestimated the opposition. from the skies, the united states pounded enemy positions helping kurdish and iraqi forces on the ground to drive back the islamic extremists. recapturing mosul dam, a turning point. according to senior kurdish officials, isis is now on the back foot. >> they have changed their tactics for sure. now they are not moving in long convoys. they're trying to avoid air strikes by using civilian vehicles. >> reporter: while they may control one-third of iraq, isis is overstretched. fighting on multiple fronts in dozens of towns and cities, calling in reinforcements from areas they already control to help in battle. while isis propaganda would have us believe they're a conquering force expanding their so-called
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caliphate, senior officials here say that is not the case. from the militants that they have captured and interrogated, they admit morale has taken a direct hit. ever since u.s. air strikes began more than two weeks ago. and for that reason, the kurds are calling for an ongoing u.s. air campaign, hinting at the possibility of striking isis targets in syria, its safe haven. >> air strikes, expanding air strikes and authorizing them to target the leadership of isis or to expand the geographical areas of their strikes is going to also be very effective. >> reporter: but no one here is pretending this war will be over in a couple of months. isis, now thought to have a force of at least 40,000 fighters across syria and iraq, is in for the long haul. >> mosul to them is very important so they would probably fight to death to keep mosul. and there's some key areas that are very important to them. that doesn't mean that they have given up attacking new areas.
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>> reporter: a harsh reality, but one these fighters say they are prepared for. anna coren, cnn, erbil, kurdist kurdistan, iraq. now, a report out of syria says isis fighters have managed to overtake the country's al tack be air base. take a look at this map. it's located in a northern province, that word from the syri syrian human rights group. syrian media say the army is still conducting strikes against isis militants in the area. let's take a closer look at where terror groups are getting their supports. we're bringing in bob baer joining via web cam. bob, great to have you back with us on cnn. first, as we get ready to talk about isis in syria and iraq, i know that you've been in contact with some of the people you know
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there in mosul. what are they telling you about who they want to support and why? this, of course, the place where isis militants have had this back-and-forth with fighters, u.s. air strikes keeping militants back. but what are people telling you about what they want? >> well, this is an extended clan in mosul which i've known for many, many years. i've come to rely on them and there's hundreds of them who live there and they don't particularly share isis' ideology but they were happy when they took the town over. they accused maliki's forces, the special forces of looting and robbing them and harassing them and the way they put it right now in mosul, there's law and order. there's zero corruption, according to them. they're getting documents, police documents issued by isis, the price of commodities has fallen and as long as the conflict doesn't arrive in mosul, they're perfectly happy
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with the situation. i mean, i found this surprising, but this -- i'm hearing this consistently and they seem to think that isis, yes, they've had some losses at the dam and against the kurds but they're actually consolidating power the last couple days in gar ma, they disarmed an opposed militia, they told the militiamens they could either join them or disarm completely and so they're consolidating power within their area and as you saw with the air force base. so it's a guerrilla force so they will move around the country, but they're -- their view of things is that isis is here to stay. >> scary to think that there are people deciding to support isis not being threatened to do so. as everyone becomes surprised that isis has made so many gains so quickly, there are some op-eds out now looking at the origins of isis, essentially who to blame. how much do you think saudi arabia shoulders some of the
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responsibility? of course it's been funding salafi group or those with the strict interpretation of islam outside of its borders. but i'm sure there's plenty of blame to go around. >> well, i think saudis hold a big responsibility, they exclude shi'a muslims as true muslims and that sort of attitude has just driven a wedge in islam and that's been exported to iraq. it's been exported to central asia, all over the middle east as well. so they're at the origins of this and there's certainly private saudi monothat has gone to support isis and, you know, of course isis makes its own money now but that initial money, a lot of it came out of the gulf, a lot of it came from jihadi-minded people. >> what about the u.s.? how much are the states to blame. it created the power vacuum in iraq, decided not to intervene in syria as it unfolded into a civil war and all of that gave isis a platform for creation.
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how much responsibility does the west shoulder? >> the vast amount of responsibility falls on the shoulders of the united states. the invasion of 2003 dispossessed the sunni muslims and that's why they support isis today. it disbanded the army, disbanded the ba'ath party so there was no governing structure in iraq after the invasion in april 2003 and it quickly descended into a sectarian conflict. and so what we're seeing is this -- it's a total civil war. and when things get this miserable people turn to religion. it happens everywhere in the world. >> we're seeing it unfold once again in northern iraq. bob baer thanks again for your insight. cnn national security analyst joining us from newport beach, california. still ahead here on cnn, a little boy lucky to be alive. >> absolutely. he's in china, gets run over by a car. don't worry, he's fine, gets up, walks away. details next.
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invest in us. watch us grow. my name is sydni and i'm your dividend. the threat to cross atlantic air travel in iceland has been lowered. the icelandic meteorological office lifted restrictions on travel in the country and allowed its airports to reopen. the red alert was imposed saturday amid fears an eruption of iceland's largest volcano was imminent. officials reported sunday that seismic activity under a glacier cap was not an eruption, still, two magnitude 5 earthquakes did hit the region overnight. look at that, can you imagine if that were to blow what that would look like? >> well, we can, four years ago. >> our meteorologist is stepping in to fill us in on what we were just seeing there.
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>> this is incredible. we are hoping it doesn't happen because the last time we were talking about billions worth of damage as far as how much it cost, airlines and travelers. it was a mess. we had essentially europe locked down. we couldn't get anywhere. so we're hoping this thing goes from escalating unrest to elevated unrest to noneruptive which is what the other volcanos are doing in iceland. iceland itself is a volcanic island because of the ridge here. here we are, imminent no longer. escalating unrest. so we've gone a tick down, defcon 2, if you will. so there's bardarbunga, eruptions still possible. so we could go back to imminent, don't know what's going on out there. they're monitoring this with radar, with cameras and you got all the scientists out there pouring through the data and seeing what is going on with bardarbunga. there you see these are the latest quakes and what was concerning in the last 24 hours that we had a 4.3 then a 4.7
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then a 5.3, pretty significant shaking of the earth. here's some of the pictures that we've been able to capture but they have a lot more cameras and a lot more sensitive cameras and cameras that can see things that the naked eye cannot. along with radar and size mom sisters, of course, that are monitoring any of the shaking out there. size mommer the. so we'll watch it here. they seem mesmerized by that craft there. >> that's a very boring meeting. you know the volcano's going to blow at any moment. >> can you imagine the i.q. in that room? they're going keep us up to date and hopefully it won't blow because i tell you what, if we do, the jet stream will take that ash that spews up into the atmosphere 20,000, 30,000 feet, it blows east and south right over european airspace which, of course, is what we're trying to avoid. it's already bad enough for the folks in iceland that have been
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evacuated from their homes but we're hoping that at least it stays regional, local there. >> hope so. >> fingers crossed. ivan, thanks very much. now we have some incredible -- really it is incredible -- video to show you out of eastern china. >> surveillance footage of a six-year-old boy playing near the driveway of his home when the driver of that red suv runs right over him. we know the video is alarming but that boy, as you can see, is actually doing fine now. he was taken to hospital and reportedly only suffered a few scratches on his arms and legs. no word on what happened with that driver. did the driver not see him? >> who is the driver? who does this? remember there was that horrible video from last year, years ago where a young child was back and forth under a vehicle. this stuff is heartbreaking. thankfully he's fine. did the parents kiss him or yell at him, do you think? >> i hope they hugged him and swooped him up. okay, thank you, we've seen it enough. >> they've got that on replay there. still to come for you here on
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welcome back. to those of you watching in the u.s. and all around the world, i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm natalie allen. here are the top stories we are following. an american journalist captured in syria is going home. peter theo curtis was kidnapped almost two years ago and held by the al nusra front, a syrian group linked to al qaeda. curtis was handed over to u.n. peacekeepers in the golan heights sunday, he is now in tel aviv. look at these scenes out of eastern ukraine over the weekend. pro-russian rebels paraded dozens of captured ukrainian soldiers through the streets of donetsk before a crowd of more than a thousand people. some of them threw bottles of the prisoners calling them fascists and nazis. this was a counter protest to ukraine's independence day celebrations elsewhere in the
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country. in northern california, more than 100 people were injured by a magnitude 6 earthquake. it triggered six major fires, damaged buildings and cut electricity to thousands. it's the strongest quake to hit the area in 25 years. so ferguson, missouri, appears to be returning to normal. the city suffered days of violent protests after this month's fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer. on sunday, though, a peace rally was held in nearby st. louis in memory of 18-year-old michael brown. ferguson has been calm now for the past several days. the funeral for brown will be held later today, monday, in st. louis. three white house officials are expected to be among those attending the service. at sunday's rally, brown's father asked people not to protest on monday.
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>> tomorrow all i want is peace while my son is being laid to rest. can you please, please, take a day of silence so we can lay our to rest? please. that's all i ask. and thank you. the deadly police shooting in missouri has brought into sharp focus the question of when it's the right decision to use a gun over something less lethal. cnn's renee marsh went behind the scenes with officers being trained to make that very call -- gun versus taser. >> police, don't move. >> don't move! >> drop the weapon! >> the officers were dispatched to a burglary if progress. >> taser, taser. >> this is only a drill. police in arlington county, virginia, arrive, guns drawn. within seconds, one officer swaps his gun for his taser. what triggered that decision?
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>> when the suspect dropped the crowbar, they saw the suspect had empty hands. >> reporter: it's training to help the officers make a split-second decision whether to use deadly force. ferguson police officer darren wilson apparently did not use a taser before he shot and killed unarmed teenager michael brown. nor did two st. louis police officers before they shot and killed this knife-wielding man. the st. louis police chief defended their decision. >> tasers aren't 100%. tasers require two probes to make contact with the skin. if one of those probes misses, that suspect is still coming towards you with an edged weapon with a knife, your life is in danger. >> my position is that just because we can use deadly physical force doesn't mean that we always should. >> reporter: veteran officer lieutenant marlon byrd agrees. officer safe city paramount but calls this a missed opportunity. >> there were two officers there. you had an opportunity for one
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to have less lethal taser and the backup, the safety officer, would have had their gun out. if the taser didn't work the other officer was in the position to use deadly physical force. >> reporter: byrd believes a taser could have been used to subdue michael brown, too. >> stop resisting! >> reporter: officers are trained to use one level of force above the suspect. >> >> for the use of deadly force, common policy is that if the suspect is posing an immediate threat of death or serious injury to the officer, then the officer should respond with lethal force. >> reporter: other factors -- the presence of a weapon, distance, immediacy of the threat, and the suspect's size and demeanor. >> if the suspect is dangerous or violent towards the officer but doesn't quite meet that threshold of an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury then they would respond with a lesser force option such as a taser. >> reporter: lieutenant byrd
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believes the fatal police-involved shootings in missouri highlights the need for better training. he says so police can talk down suspects instead of shooting them down. rene marsh, cnn, washington. now to news out of the middle east. the israeli military says one of its air strikes has killed a top hamas official in gaza city. you're seeing some of the chaotic aftermath there. mohammed al-oul allegedly supervise it had group's transactions. palestinian medics confirmed his death. israeli air strikes killed more than a dozen other palestinians sunday. gaza's ministry of health says a mother and her three children who were in their house were also among the dead. meantime, the israeli military says this video shows rockets being launched toward israel from a medical facility in a refugee camp in northern gaza. four israelis were wounded in shelling at a border crossing on
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sunday. iran denies reports it send hundreds of soldiers into iraq to help kurdish fighters battle isis. numerous reports said iranian troops helped peshmerga forces last week in a battle to push isis out of a town just 30 kilometers from iran t iranian border. iran's foreign minister has been on an official visit to baghdad. mohammed javad met with iraq's former prime minister. he also denied iran has sent troops to iraq saying iraq is fully capable of defending itself. let's learn more now about what is going on in the country. we're joined live in baghdad. what is your take on -- what are you hearing about these reports that iran has, indeed, come into iraq to fight back against isis? >> this is not the first time
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we've heard these reports with the advancements we have seen isis making. there were reports that iranian elite force, the quds force, to work with the shi'a dominated security forces in their battle against isis. as you mentioned yesterday, the iranian foreign minister, mohammed sar reef categorically denying the presence of any troops whether that n that battle or on iraqi soil. we also heard from the iraqi foreign minister saying there was no shortage of fighting men in iraq. >> well, isis has seemed unstoppable until the past few months, regardless of whether iran is there or not. but now they are getting hit by air strikes from iraq and the u.s. and on the ground from kurd troops. is that having an impact on their reign there and their push through the country?
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>> well, it does seem that the air strikes did change the game here, that isis advances the sweeping across territory and taking over towns and cities seemed to have stopped since the u.s. air strikes began on august 8. but if we look at the bigger picture, natalie, they still control large parts of iraq. they have control of iraq's second-largest city, mosul, that's not far, about 30 kilometers or so from the mosul dam that was recaptured last week by the kurdish forces. and if we look to the west of here, also they have -- they are controlling large parts of anbar province, that city of fallujah also is still under full control of isis. and if we look at iraq, we can not look at it in isolation and the status of isis here cannot be looked at in isolation to what's going on in syria. for this group, these borders are non-existent. it's one battlefield for them. and yesterday we heard from the syrian observatory for human
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rights that tracks the situation on the ground in syria and it says that isis took control of the last regime base in al raqqa province, they took control of the tabqa air base, a strategic gain for them, almost giving them full control of the whole province of al raqqa, that would be fully under the control of isis. so while here their advances may have been stopped or halted at least for now by these air strikes that have enabled kurdish and iraqi forces to repel and try and regain territory taken by isis, it's not really stopping them in syria. again, here, underscoring the importance of tackling this group, going after isis will have to be done also in syria. >> yes, which the united states is discussing right now behind closed doors about how to proceed possibly in syria. thank you. and now to the fight against
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the ebola virus and the news that it could now be spreading outside of west africa. now, it remains concentrated in these countries highlights, guinea, sierra leone, liberia. but now the democratic republic of the congo said two people with fever have tested positive with the virus. a worker with the world health organization partner group has been diagnosed, the man is from senegal and is receiving treatment in sierra leone. and the who saying the number of deaths from ebola tops 1 4rksz -- 1,400. there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in march. besure to join cnn news center all next week for special coverage of the ebola crisis in west africa. for those of you viewing cnn international at 1930 in london, 2030 in johannesburg ahead of
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the 2 t show you can tweet your questions about the outbreak to #cnnebola. we'll have experts answer your questions live. still to come here on cnn, a big night for the music industry. >> we'll wrap up the highlights from the latest mtv video music awards next. and we'll look at the life and career of director and actor richard attenborough who passed away. that's keeping you from the healthcare you deserve.. at humana, we believe the gap will close when healthcare gets simpler. when frustration and paperwork decrease. when grandparents get to live at home instead of in a home. so let's do it. let's simplify healthcare. let's close the gap between people and care.
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the mtv video music awards just wrapped up in california. >> you got your invite but you had to work here, otherwise you would be there. >> front row with mrs. carter. >> beyonce, in fact, was a huge night for her and other female performers. beyonce was nominated for eight awards, she walked away with several, including the coveted michael jackson lifetime achievement award. >> miley cyrus won best video of the year for "wrecking ball." she had a homeless teenager accept her award on stage to raise awareness about the number of teens living on the street. and another n another memorable moment -- >> i want us all to take a moment of silence for mike brown and for peace in this country and in the world. >> yeah, this was an important moment that opened the show, common saying that rap music can be the voice of the struggle,
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the revolution, a minute of silence held for slain teen michael brown who will be buried today. and now up next, the emmys. american television's biggest awards will be handed out monday night and this year's ceremony may be more star studded than in years past. >> we have this preview. >> reporter: the prime time emmy awards. >> i demand a trial by combat. >> reporter: it may not be the game of thrones, but the stakes are high for nominees hoping to turn an emmy win into ratings gold. >> the emmies have always been a big help to newcomers but in terms of what they're worth to the industry now it seems like they've become a much, much bigger deal. >> reporter: ratings aren't a concern for hbo's show about death and dragons. it earned the most nominations with of any show with 19. but it's facing tough competition in the best drama category. many are saying "breaking bad's" final season makes it the
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favorite. >> everything will be fine but we need to leave right now. >> reporter: leading man bryan cranston is nominated for best actor in a drama but he could lose out to the man who just won a best actor oscar. >> i think this is the year of matthew mcconaughey so i think it's and a half federal he has a big emmy contender we'll all say he'll probably win that, too, like he won the oscar. >> reporter: as the star of hbo's "true detective" mcconaughey would not have to beat out not just cranston but a star-studded list, including his "true detective" co-star woody harrellston and "mad men's" john hamm whoes who's been nominated seven times but never won. >> i worry about a lot of things but not you. >> reporter: the biggest obstacle to "modern family's" fifth emmy, a newcomer on netflix. >> it looks like "orange is the new black" may be coming up for
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netfl netflix. >> reporter: if there was a theme, it might be how the television academy has recognized so few shows from the networks that used to be in control. >> remember the good old days of cbs, abc, nbc, even fox? where are they in these emmies? really they've been just overwhelmed. >> reporter: best chances for a network win in the drama and comedy categories might be in the lead actors in the drama category where "the good wife's" julianna margulies might be seen as one of the favorites. >> get out of here, alicia, you're fired. >> no. >> reporter: and all of the drama and comedy will play out monday on television's biggest night. cnn, hollywood. >> looking forward to it. >> i think "breaking bad" will have a good night. a lot of competition as you saw. >> and a lot of good tv shows. >> indeed, indeed. well, he put "gandhi" on the
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silver screen, brought dinosaurs back to life. >> richard attenborough passed away according to the british press association but his impressive film credits will live on. >> there it is. welcome to jurassic park. moviegoers may best remember richard attenborough as the founder of jurassic park. >> you've got the-rex? >> say it again? >> we have a t-rex. >> or santa claus in the remake of "miracle on 34th street". >> usually the santa claus police kerrs are too loose. your's are realistic. >> that's because they are real. you can have a tug. [ laughter ] are you convinced? >> uh-huh. >> but the man known as "sir dicky" began his career five decades earlier in london with a scholarship to the royal academy of dramatic art. he put his studies on hold to serve in world war ii.
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after the war, he appeared in several war-themed movies like "the great escape" with steve mcqueen. >> you're 20 feet short. the hole is right here in the open. >> attenborough played a number of character roles as well, among them, the circus ring master in "dr. doolittle." >> i'm doolittle. >> i i'm not interested. >> i thought you'd like to see an unusual -- >> i wouldn't. >> reporter: but he found himself drawn to the other side of the camera. >> it's what i love. i'm not a great movie director, i'm a storyteller, i'm a craftsman and i love beyond anything else working with the actors and finding the ways of making an actor believe that what they are about to do is the best performance that they've ever given. >> attenborough was knighted in 1976 but his true crowning achievement was directing the epic biopick "gandhi" a film that took him 20 years to make.
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>> i was bankrupt several times. i had to mortgage my house, my family suffered to a certain extent. i placed things at risk because i cared about it so much. >> did we obtain our freedom by murder and bloodshed, i want no part of it. >> in the end, it paid off. gandhi won eight academy awards in 1983, including best picture and best director. attenborough found success in his family life as well. his marriage to actress sheila sims spand seven decades and produced three children. while younger brother david became the renown nature broadcaster. a family that that shared attenborough's passion for the craft. >> it means a great deal to me and my philosophy has always been that i believe that art is not an elitist gift for a few selected people. art is for everyone. >> fantastic point there. richard attenborough dead at the
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age of 90. >> what did he not do? >> pretty incredible career there. we'll be right back. e is tough, but i've managed. i got to be pretty good at managing my symptoms, except that managing my symptoms was all i was doing. when i finally told my doctor, he said my crohn's was not under control. he said humira is for adults like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. and that in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief. and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. before treatment, get tested for tb. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common,
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thrill seeker, you see him right there. he climbed to one of the top of the owers, snapped pictures with his smart phone then just climbed down. who was there to greet him? the police, he was immediately arrested without any trouble. >> he now facings several charges. no word on how thrilled the thrill seeker is with jail. >> was it worth it is the question? >> i don't know. >> well, you may know this if you're in the bahamas right now. a new tropical storm dumping heavy rains in your part of the world. where's it headed next? >> here's ivan cabrera who should have the answer for us. >> it could become a hurricane here because we've had only three storms so far in the atlantic season. we've had arthur, we've had bertha and now we have cristobal here in the bahamas. not the most impressive-looking storm but it is deceiving because it's been bringing very heavy rainfall to portions of the bahamas, puerto rico has been getting in on that, hispaniola, eastern cuba and guantanamo getting in on that as
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well. 85 clocker tkilometer per hour . it's stationary, and that's what's dangerous for the bahamas because it's raining heavily and the rain is not moving. it will by 24 hours. not making that much progress to the north but it's beginning to get there and then hooking out to the east. we're pretty confident now that this thing is going to miss the united states, the eastern sea board so that's excellent news as we approach the big holiday weekend which for some of us in the united states, the unofficial end to summer, can you believe it? here's the heavy rain fall i was eluding to that will continue because of the slow movement of this storm. this is almost ten inches here so you better believe there will be flooding in some parts of the bahamas which, by this time of the year, there are a lot of cruise there is. not looking too good. the rest of the u.s., severe storms to the north, a pocket of severe weather, otherwise the big story is the heat.
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temperatures well into the 90s and we're talking about the heat indices, because of the humidity out there, making it feel like 105. so we still have these excessive heat warnings in effect, including st. louis which has now been upgraded to excessive heat warning. that is serious stuff. it will feel like about 105, 107 in some cases through the afternoon so keep an eye on your hydration. plenty of fluids and water. we'll leave you from pictures from florida, new smyrna beach. you want to go into the water to cool off but about 100 people got stung by jellyfish. >> that hurts. >> i used to do local weather for a news station in orlando and we cover that all the time. sometimes they just swarm in and take over. so be careful. stay cool but don't get stung. >> good advice, ivan. >> thank you, ivan. there's been very good news for the family of an merge
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journalist held captive by an al qaeda group in the middle east. >> that's right. we'll have that story and more for you here on cnn. i'm errol barnett. >> i'm natalie allen. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ great rates for great rides. geico motorcycle, see how much you could save.
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hello, and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm errol barnett. just days after a u.s. journalist is beheaded by isis, we're learning that another journalist has been set free. details of his release coming up. northern california hit with its strongest earthquake in a quarter century. witnesses say they were jolted in the middle of the night. peace be restored in ferguson. the. >> and reasons for optimism in a city plagued by racial unrest. but another c